I was wondering if anyone understands the difference between ‘nerve root irritation’ and ‘nerve root compression’. How can a nerve be irritated without being compressed? I’ve tried reading through resources online, but I’m just not getting it. (The fact that I just started lyrica and have some major brain fuzz going on is not helping! #o )
My MRI says that at the L4-L5 levels I have moderate bilateral foraminal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, a bulging disk with an annular tear, facet joint osteoarthritis, as well as a compression fracture to my L1. The ortho surgeon said my nerves are irritated and not compressed.
I have had bilateral leg pain, (going all the way down into one foot only), for 3 months now. I can only sit for 5-10minutes max. Standing is almost as bad now, and lying down no longer provides the relief it once did.
Can this be from nerve irritation only?
Thanks for any insight/help!